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Sunday 17 December 2017

Cav' cool on yellow jersey

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish is focused on a successful three weeks at the Tour de France and has attempted to play down his chances of claiming the race leader's yellow jersey in his mother's home town of Harrogate tomorrow.

The 190.5-kilometre opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate could thrust Cavendish into the race leader's maillot jaune for the first time, if he can claim a 26th stage victory of his distinguished career. Eddy Merckx has the record of 34 stage wins.

Cavendish said: "It would be nice to wear the yellow jersey. I've not yet done that.

"It's not a given. There's 200 bike riders, almost, on the start line and every one of those would like to wear the yellow jersey.

"(And) the Tour de France is 21 days long. It doesn't begin and end in Yorkshire.

"We've got an incredibly strong Omega Pharma-QuickStep team and we'd like to be successful throughout the three weeks."

Kimi set to call time

FORMULA ONE: Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he will likely quit Formula One again once his current deal with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015.

Raikkonen dropped the bombshell at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend, and just eight races into his second coming at Ferrari which has so far been a bitter disappointment.

Struggling with a car not to his liking, the hotly-anticipated scrap with team-mate Fernando Alonso has failed to materialise as the Spaniard has comfortably out-qualified and out-raced the Finn.

Asked as to his plans for the future and whether or not he was in it for the long haul at Ferrari, Raikkonen said: "Until my contract is finished, and then I will probably stop.

"That is what I think is going to happen."

Ohuruogu's Rio dream

ATHLETICS: Olympic and double world champion Christine Ohuruogu has confirmed she expects to retire after Rio 2016, insisting she would have to be "completely crazy" to carry on.

The 30-year-old Londoner, who became Britain's most successful female athlete at the 2013 World Championships with a gold medal in the 400 metres and a bronze in the 4x400m relay, has scaled back her running this year.

Ohuruogu hopes the extra rest can help her secure another world title in Beijing next year and go out on a high at the Olympics in two years' time.

"Realistically I think Rio will be my final competition," said Ohuruogu.

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